My point in this essay is not to adjudicate the relative light and darkness…the good or evil of these historical events…a worthy endeavor but outside the scope of this book…but rather to make the claim that these distinctive events in human history reveal a reality that does not support the worldview philosophy of naturalistic materialism…does not support the atheistic viewpoint that the natural world is all that there is.
The natural living world clearly displays the unmistakable program of animal instinct…universal amongst all living organisms…except human beings.
Elephants do not contemplate the rightness or wrongness of their life-scripts as they put-into-action lifestyle habits that are unique to elephants…defining their distinct and exclusive essence apart from all other animals.
Lions do not pause in mid-pursuit while chasing their prey of zebras, water buffalo, or wildebeest…in carefully measured contemplation over the light or darkness…the good or evil…of their natural instinct to catch and eat these very specific large mammals on the African plains…as their unique food source in order to survive…by instinct selecting mammals that are not hunted by other predators…being too large in size to be taken down and killed…other than by lions hunting as a group.
The human capacity for intellectual and moral reasoning…totally absent in the natural living world…is instead in nature occupied by the highly developed and brilliantly functional program of instinct…for all other living organisms.
Certainly there is an overlap between intelligence and instinct…in animals and people. Humans do have instinctual qualities…and domesticated animals of many types exhibit the ability to understand right and wrong behaviors as trained by humans…as guided by human concepts of right and wrong in their interactions with humans.
But animals in the wild are guided solely by instinct…as different and as discontinuous from human intellectual and moral reasoning…as is imaginable.
The gulf between instinct and independent moral reasoning…might as well be as wide apart as the gulf between the two sides of the Grand Canyon.
Therefore the logical and obvious question presents itself: the question of how and why we can rationally and reasonably accept the false narrative of common descent…the concept that there is a continuous and unbroken, biological chain of sequences that connects all living organisms in a progression of development over time…including humans…the keystone concept of Darwinian macroevolution?
The three to four decades old discovery of the complex, specified, and coherently integrated systems of information in the natural world…as a result of the new Age of Information…strongly refutes the notion of the unguided, naturalistic process needed to support common descent.
This concept of the differentiation between light and darkness…between goodness and evil…that can be visually represented in our mind’s-eye to create a vertical spectrum-line…a graduated continuum…of absolute goodness and brilliant pure light at the top of this scale…and diminishing quantities of light as we go down this spectrum-line…enables us to separate good from evil in a comparative way…this concept being too complex and sophisticated for Mother Nature to produce…making the huge leap across from animal instinct to the independent freedom of human intellectual and moral reasoning.
In Part Two of this book, I will briefly touch upon the factual history of the modern Scientific Revolution…that the addition of new information arising over the span of decades and even centuries…revises and often overturns previously held theories that were based on incomplete information…regarding the more correct understanding of the phenomenon of the natural world…added to our knowledge-base through the scientific advance of investigative research and technological inventions…going forward in tandem over the previous four to five centuries.
When someone objects today that the biblical narrative stories of faith are “fairy tales” because they contain miracles…because they now live in the Age of Science when we have moved past the religious mythologies of the past…I would counter by saying that the complex, specified, and coherently integrated systems of information…that human scientific investigation has identified everywhere we look in the living and non-living natural world…has added a profoundly sophisticated element to our understanding of the natural world…that leaves miles behind in the dust of history any naturalistic explanation for the vast diversity of life…the initial origin of life…and the exquisitely coordinated non-living conditions in the universe that make the existence of complex life like ourselves…possible.
If the origin and existence of complex systems of information has displaced naturalistic materialism as a viable explanation for the workings of the phenomenon in the natural world…then the objection to miracles in the Bible…coming from the atheistic philosophy of scientism…now dissolves as a modern excuse for rejecting the Bible.
There is now no longer anything modern about rejecting the Biblical Narrative…based upon the discoveries of science…and everything modern about entering into our God-composed journeys of faith life-scripts…the only thing in all of human reality that postulates the direct participation of our Creator God in fashioning and crafting life-plans for the optimum human life.
These life-scripts are composed and directed by a Person located at the top-most point of the vertical spectrum-line of absolute goodness and the pure brilliant light of perfection…the two elements that are missing from our capacity of the knowledge of good and evil…that is inexplicable coming from the purely naturalistic origin of animal instinct.
Finally, Christianity today is not just forward-looking toward heaven. God-composed journey of faith life-scripts are designed to actualize into human lives some portion of God’s character and divine love in service to other people…and to our planet earth…as God-appointed caretakers (Gen. 1:26-31).
This is what we see in the biblical narrative in the modern world.
The depth, complexity, and timeless relevance of the biblical narrative are encapsulated in Paul’s letter to the Colossian church in the New Testament in chapter one verses 9-14…transcending far above human invented mythology (italics mine):
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord into all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sin.